Giles has sym­pa­thy for axed Moores

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CRICKET CHRIS OSTICK

ASH­LEY Giles has ex­pressed his sym­pa­thy for sacked Eng­land coach Peter Moores – and in­vited the for­mer Red Rose boss to Emi­rates Old Traf­ford for a beer.

Moores, Lan­cashire’s Cham­pi­onship-win­ning coach in 2011, was sacked by Eng­land for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer on Satur­day, with the ECB com­ing un­der fire for the way they han­dled the sit­u­a­tion.

Not only was the 52-year-old from Macclesfield only given 13 months in his sec­ond stint in charge, his sacking was re­ported in the me­dia on Fri­day be­fore he had been told and while he was still on duty in Ire­land.

Iron­i­cally, Moores beat Giles – who had been Eng­land’s one-day coach – to the post last April, and then Giles re­placed Moores when he left Emi­rates Old Traf­ford.

“All of us as coaches would have sym­pa­thy for Pete,” said Giles, who has com­mit­ted him­self to Lan­cashire in the wake of sug­ges­tions he may be a can­di­date to re­place Moores.

“It’s been a hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion for him. It must have been a re­ally tough few months on the back of the World Cup.

“You just wish it could have been han­dled bet­ter, but th­ese things seem to have a way of leak­ing out, and it’s not par­tic­u­larly healthy. I wish Pete all the best in what­ever hap­pens from here. I hope we will see him down here soon to see the lads and sit down and have a beer.

“I haven’t seen my name men­tioned that much, but I have got a role here,” added Giles about the Eng­land job. “I have been given a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity by the club, and I’m lov­ing it. That’s got to be my fo­cus. I can’t look any­where else but here.”

Two Aus­tralians, Ja­son Gille­spie and Justin Langer, are at the head of the queue to re­place Moores, with Giles urg­ing the ECB to give the new man time to turn Eng­land’s for­tunes around.

“The one thing we need to get away from is this short-ter­mism,” he added. “We need to get into a po­si­tion where who­ever does it will be backed for a pe­riod of time and we’ve got some sta­bil­ity.

‘‘I hope that what­ever hap­pens now, some sta­bil­ity is put in place.”

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